Moong Dal Halwa (Rakshabandan Special)

What festival or celebration is complete without a special treat, especially sweet treats? None, in my eyes, but what do I know? 😛 You see, for someone with a sweet tooth like mine, it’s often difficult to stop temptation in the face of alluring sweets. Though it is hard to indulge too much, impending health…

Bhapa Ilish (Steamed Hilsa)

By now, I think it is no secret that we Bengalis have a special connection to fish. And if the fish in question is the mighty Ilish, aka Hilsa, there can be no second guessing. Come monsoon and the fish-loving Bengali can be seen heading towards the fish market, armed with a ‘Dadu chhata’ (large black…

Imarti/Amriti (Omriti)

Apparently WordPress missed me, or so it said…It’s not like I’ve been MIA on purpose, just that the workload has been crazy. Between running the house and sending out work-related orders, things have been crazy. And then again, blogging is a full-time commitment, not merely a passion. So I figured, I’d post something nice, and…

শুভ নববর্ষ ১৪২৫ (Subho Nobo Borsho 1425)

Unlike the English (Roman) calendar, the Hindu calendar starts on a different month; in April to be precise, mid-April. It is in the month of Baisakh that we celebrate our New Year across all Indian states. In Bengal, the first of Baisakh or ‘Poila Boisakh’ usually falls on 15th April, and is celebrated as our…

Julia Child’s White Sandwich Loaf

I think bread-makers across the globe will agree, baking bread is addictive, especially if your first loaf turns out to be just-about perfect. Want to know something funny? I tried using whole wheat for my first bread, and by some miracle it turned out quite good! Of course back then, I had no clue that…

Thandai (Holi Special)

I’d like to start by wishing everyone a very Happy Holi. May the Festival of Colours bring with it a rush of brightness and warmth in your lives. Remember, Holi should not be forceful, nor should it be fun at the expense of others. Have fun everyone!! 🙂 Here’s some virtual colour for everyone 😀…

Gur er RoshBora (Basant Panchami Special)

A famous Bengali quote goes like this….”Basanta eshe geyche”… or Basanta has arrived. Which literally means, spring is here. There’s a pleasant cheer all around, and even though the winter chill hasn’t dissipated yet, the rows of flowers blooming all around people’s balconies and terraces makes you think otherwise. This season is celebrated across India…

Makar Sankranti (New Harvest Celebrations) 2018

We have entered the new year, and as always, India is beginning the year with celebrations. The Hindu calendar, based on both the lunar and solar cycles is divided into months, much like the Roman calendar, but this one begins in April, when different regions celebrate their ‘New Year’. The Bengali calendar is no different;…

Eggless Nutella Pudding Cups

I’m alive, and kicking….not that you guys were worried, or…were you? 😉 I got so many messages on my Facebook page asking where I was that I thought it’s time to be back, at least before the year ended! To be honest, I have just been….busy. But before we delve more into that tirade, here’s…

Happy Diwali!!! Subh Deepavali

Happy Diwali everyone!!!!!  As a kid, the first words that came to mind when writing (an essay) about Diwali would be….”Diwali, the festival of lights”… and that’s how I’ve always envisioned this festival to be. There is a vibrancy about Diwali that matches no other. I grew up within a huge building complex that would…